Pride and gratitude are strange bedfellows. In fact, a connection between the two is pretty near impossible. They seem mutually exclusive. Pride does not consider the source of a good as anything but the self. Thanks be to me for this or that. Gratitude realizes the ability I have to do anything comes from elsewhere.
A major point of departure in spiritual growth is learning to replace pride with gratitude. An obvious outcome of perfecting this practice is the occupation ofhumility. Gratitude is the nexus between pride and humility. A continuing, all-pervading aura of gratefulness should characterize every breath of the spiritual life. Everything comes from outside of us. We generate nothing for ourselves. Gratitude is always due elsewhere, outside of ourselves. To accept, love, and honor the source of whatever we have is, in humility, to realize the reality of our existence – dependence! To dispose ourselves as dependent people is what the spiritual life is about. Dealing with the cares, worries, and anxieties of life in the world makes us falsely assume that we are not dependent; that we are in control. This posture solicits recognition and gratitude for ourselves. It is the subtle way the powers of evil thwart us. These powers will forever be craftier than we. Their goal is to sabotage our relationship with You in the subtlest of ways by lulling us into thinking ourselves as somehow responsible for the relationship. Unadorned gratitude for the realization that it all comes from You will help to squash this pride.
There is so much upon which we are dependent – so much upon which to spend our time in thanks.